Adda captures the true spirit of what "adda" is all about

Adda has been on most foodies’ radar and for good reason. The menu celebrates casual Indian street food but while it may be casual the flavors are still elevated and modern (I don’t think you’ll find tandoori cauliflower easily on the streets of India!). I loved the snacks and grill selections and after each last bite I wished I could have another plateful. The curries and biryani were good but not my favorite. The masaledar lipatwan murgh (tomato chicken curry) is quite rich and the biryani was more spicy than I had anticipated. The next time I’m at Adda I will focus all my attention to eating the complete snacks and grill section!

Dahi Batata Puri (chatpata aloo, chutneys, yogurt)

Dahi Batata Puri (chatpata aloo, chutneys, yogurt)

Tandoori Gobi (cauliflower, garlic, ginger, amul cheese)

Tandoori Gobi (cauliflower, garlic, ginger, amul cheese)

Masaledar lipatwan murgh (Onion tomato curry with garam masala)

Masaledar lipatwan murgh (Onion tomato curry with garam masala)

Lucknow Dum Biryani (slow cooked goat, basmati rice, saffron)

Lucknow Dum Biryani (slow cooked goat, basmati rice, saffron)

Favorites:

  1. Dahi Batata Puri (chatpata aloo, chutneys, yogurt)- These are bursts of joy and highly addictive! It also combines crunchiness with very well seasoned yogurt.

  2. Tandoori gobi- How can a caufliflower taste so good and not make you miss meat at all? Well for one it must be grilled to tandoori perfect then add some soft cheese on top and voilà!

  3. Amul cheese & chili naan (not pictured)- This is the best naan I’ve ever had. It’s soft, full of flavor and just the right amount of heat.

Feasting at Fausto will leave you feeling full and fabulous

Fausto had been on my list for a while. When the Chef hails from L'Artusi then you know you're in for a good meal. The space was bigger than expected which I appreciated, cocktails were fantastic and service was thoughtful. The tan leather couches, open kitchen layout, low hanging lights makes this a fantastic date night spot or a place for an intimate gathering with friends. Every dish on the menu tasted like it was prepared with fresh ingredients and I love that all pastas are made in house. The only thing I would change is the portion size of the arancini balls. $9 for 3 tiny arancini balls does not much sense to me but thankfully the rest of the dishes were portioned appropriately. I left feeling so satisfied! 

Arancini- quadrello di bufala

Arancini- quadrello di bufala

Cauliflower- anchovy caper vinaigrette, currant, pine nut

Cauliflower- anchovy caper vinaigrette, currant, pine nut

Slow poached eggs- mixed mushroom, toasted farro

Slow poached eggs- mixed mushroom, toasted farro

Whole wheat bigoli al torchio- duck ragu, piave vecchio

Whole wheat bigoli al torchio- duck ragu, piave vecchio

Buckwheat Rigatoni- shitake mushroom, dandelion greens, parmesan

Buckwheat Rigatoni- shitake mushroom, dandelion greens, parmesan

Favorites

1. Arancini- These were crispy, gooey and topped with lots of parmesan. I just wish the size was bigger or that it was priced appropriately so I could have placed a second order!

2. Cauliflower- The texture in this dish was fabulous. The crunchiness of the cauliflower and pine nuts with bites of the softer currant made for a perfect vegetable dish. The anchovy caper vinaigrette added smokiness to the dish and I didn't find it too fishy at all. I was so surprised and impressed by this dish.

2. Buckwheat rigatoni- The mushrooms and greens breaks through the heaviness of the parmesan which lets you be able to finish the entire plate! It's a simple pasta but often times simplicity is all you need to accomplish great flavors.

April showers bring Cape May adventures

Apologies for the hiatus! As one usually does, I've had a lot going on in my professional and personal life. I've missed writing my food rundowns on here so I am more than happy to be back to share what I've been eating and what I have been up to! I was in Cape May recently for a wedding and fortunately got to spend the weekend exploring the cute town. Although March is off-season in Cape May, there is plenty of good food to keep you occupied for a weekend. As summer approaches (hopefully) and you begin to think of a beach destination that offers more than sand and sun, Cape May should be on your radar. Below are some of the highlights for me:

1. The Washington Street Mall will remind you of most touristy main strips in the heart of Cape May. There are plenty of souvenir shops, bars, gastropubs and fudge stores but the Cape May Sweet House was particularly unique. This adorable store is every dessert lover's heaven. I loved the variety of candies (sweet, sour, spicy) they offer and the service is very friendly. Definitely worth a stop!

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2. A nice upscale date night at Peter Shields Inn is a good way to either get acquainted with Cape May or a delicious way to end your stay. Either way you can't go wrong here. The ingredients are sourced from Cape May and their bottle only selections are offered at a great price. The restaurant is homey, cozy and overlooks the ocean. I highly recommend this restauarant for a small group dinner or a couple's dinner. You can also stay at the Inn!

Olive Oil Poached Alaskan Day Boat Halibut, Peas, Spinach, Potato Gnocchi, Gremolata and Truffle Aioli

Olive Oil Poached Alaskan Day Boat Halibut, Peas, Spinach, Potato Gnocchi, Gremolata and Truffle Aioli

3. My favorite part of Cape May was the Beach Plum Farm. This farm has a small restaurant onsite serving breakfast, lunch and brunch. All food is sourced from the farm and you can buy many of the farm's produce and canned goods onsite. Aside from the food you can explore the acres of land here! You can visit the pigs and chickens. You can smell the lavender plants and learn about the different vegetables and fruits that grow on the property. After your leisurely stroll grab a cup of coffee and hang out by the open fire pits. If I could I would have spent all day here.

Sugar and cinammon donuts

Sugar and cinammon donuts

Chicken salad sanwich with sweet carrots and scrambled eggs, bacon with a side of rosemary biscuit

Chicken salad sanwich with sweet carrots and scrambled eggs, bacon with a side of rosemary biscuit

4. The Red Store serves all of what you're craving for brunch. The portions are generous, the staff is so nice and the food makes your belly feel warm. No matter if you have a mean hangover from the night before or if you just want to eat food that brings nostalgia, the Red Store delivers on both fronts. 

Shrimp and Grits with grilled heirloom cheddar grit cakes, poached egg, grilled shrimp, chorizo and red chili sauce

Shrimp and Grits with grilled heirloom cheddar grit cakes, poached egg, grilled shrimp, chorizo and red chili sauce

Hope you enjoyed reading through my short Cape May guide! One last thing- go to the beach!!! It was beautiful even in 40 degree weather.

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An exquisite Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the most impressive meal I've had in London. You can expect impeccable service from the moment you walk in through to the very end of the meal when you bid farewell. The menu of the restaurant is a modern play on centuries old recipes. You can actually find the period in which each recipe came to be and how the chefs at DHB have transformed the dish to the 21st century. I loved every dish I tasted and was pleasantly surprised at the well portioned size of the appetizer, sides and entree. DHB is a splurge meal yet a very special one so I highly recommend you have this on your radar for special occasions! 

Just a mandarin and grilled bread? I don't think so

Just a mandarin and grilled bread? I don't think so

Alas! It is actually 'Meat Fruit' Recipe from c.1500. Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled bread

Alas! It is actually 'Meat Fruit' Recipe from c.1500. Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled bread

Roast Venison Loin from c.1850- Braised & grilled red cabbage, pickled cherries

Roast Venison Loin from c.1850- Braised & grilled red cabbage, pickled cherries

Fillet of Hereford Beef from c.1830 with Mushroom ketchup 

Fillet of Hereford Beef from c.1830 with Mushroom ketchup 

Sides included broccoli potato mash and tripe cooked chips

Sides included broccoli potato mash and tripe cooked chips

Tipsy Cake from c.1810- Spit roast pineapple

Tipsy Cake from c.1810- Spit roast pineapple

Complimentary goodies because we were celebrating our anniversary!

Complimentary goodies because we were celebrating our anniversary!

Favorites:

This is a very special meal so I enjoyed every part of it. I do wish I had tried a fish entree just to see how those recipes are recreated at DHB. Next time!